What if you were given the coordinates of a quadrilateral and you were asked to rotate that quadrilateral \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*} about the origin? What would its new coordinates be? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to rotate a figure like this one in the coordinate plane.

### Watch This

Transformation: Rotation CK-12

### Guidance

*A* *transformation**is an operation that moves, flips, or otherwise changes a figure to create a new figure. A* *rigid transformation**(also known as an* **isometry** *or* **congruence transformation***) is a transformation that does not change the size or shape of a figure.*

*The rigid transformations are translations (discussed elsewhere), reflections (discussed elsewhere), and rotations (discussed here). The new figure created by a transformation is called the* **image***. The original figure is called the* **preimage***. If the preimage is \begin{align*}A\end{align*}, then the image would be \begin{align*}A'\end{align*}, said “a prime.” If there is an image of \begin{align*}A'\end{align*}, that would be labeled \begin{align*}A''\end{align*}, said “a double prime.”*

A **rotation** is a transformation where a figure is turned around a fixed point to create an image. The lines drawn from the preimage to the **center of rotation** and from the center of rotation to the image form the **angle of rotation**. In this concept, we will only do *counterclockwise rotations*.

While we can rotate any image any amount of degrees, \begin{align*}90^\circ, 180^\circ\end{align*} and \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*} rotations are common and have rules worth memorizing.

**Rotation of \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}:** \begin{align*}(x,y) \rightarrow (-x,-y)\end{align*}

**Rotation of \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*}:** \begin{align*}(x,y) \rightarrow (-y,x)\end{align*}

**Rotation of \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*}:** \begin{align*}(x,y) \rightarrow (y,-x)\end{align*}

#### Example A

A rotation of \begin{align*}80^\circ\end{align*} clockwise is the same as what counterclockwise rotation?

There are \begin{align*}360^\circ\end{align*} around a point. So, an \begin{align*}80^\circ\end{align*} rotation clockwise is the same as a \begin{align*}360^\circ-80^\circ=280^\circ\end{align*} rotation counterclockwise.

#### Example B

A rotation of \begin{align*}160^\circ\end{align*} counterclockwise is the same as what clockwise rotation?

\begin{align*}360^\circ-160^\circ=200^\circ\end{align*} clockwise rotation.

#### Example C

Rotate \begin{align*}\triangle ABC\end{align*}, with vertices \begin{align*}A(7, 4), B(6, 1)\end{align*}, and \begin{align*}C(3, 1)\end{align*}, \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*} about the origin. Find the coordinates of \begin{align*}\triangle A'B'C'\end{align*}.

Use the rule above to find \begin{align*}\triangle A'B'C'\end{align*}.

\begin{align*}A(7,4) & \rightarrow A'(-7,-4)\\ B(6,1) & \rightarrow B'(-6,-1)\\ C(3,1) & \rightarrow C'(-3,-1)\end{align*}

Transformation: Rotation CK-12

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### Guided Practice

1. Rotate \begin{align*}\overline{ST} \ 90^\circ\end{align*}.

2. Find the coordinates of \begin{align*}ABCD\end{align*} after a \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*} rotation.

3. The rotation of a quadrilateral is shown below. What is the measure of \begin{align*}x\end{align*} and \begin{align*}y\end{align*}?

**Answers:**

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2. Using the rule, we have:

\begin{align*}(x,y) & \rightarrow (y,-x)\\ A(-4,5) & \rightarrow A'(5,4)\\ B(1,2) & \rightarrow B'(2,-1)\\ C(-6,-2) & \rightarrow C'(-2,6)\\ D(-8,3) & \rightarrow D'(3,8)\end{align*}

3. Because a rotation produces congruent figures, we can set up two equations to solve for \begin{align*}x\end{align*} and \begin{align*}y\end{align*}.

\begin{align*}2y &= 80^\circ && 2x-3=15\\ y &= 40^\circ && \quad \ \ 2x=18\\ & && \qquad \ x = 9\end{align*}

### Explore More

In the questions below, every rotation is *counterclockwise*, unless otherwise stated.

- If you rotated the letter \begin{align*}p \ 180^\circ\end{align*} counterclockwise, what letter would you have?
- If you rotated the letter \begin{align*}p \ 180^\circ\end{align*}
*clockwise*, what letter would you have? - A \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*} clockwise rotation is the same as what counterclockwise rotation?
- A \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*} clockwise rotation is the same as what counterclockwise rotation?
- A \begin{align*}210^\circ\end{align*} counterclockwise rotation is the same as what clockwise rotation?
- A \begin{align*}120^\circ\end{align*} counterclockwise rotation is the same as what clockwise rotation?
- A \begin{align*}340^\circ\end{align*} counterclockwise rotation is the same as what clockwise rotation?
- Rotating a figure \begin{align*}360^\circ\end{align*} is the same as what other rotation?
- Does it matter if you rotate a figure \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*} clockwise or counterclockwise? Why or why not?
- When drawing a rotated figure and using your protractor, would it be easier to rotate the figure \begin{align*}300^\circ\end{align*} counterclockwise or \begin{align*}60^\circ\end{align*} clockwise? Explain your reasoning.

Rotate each figure in the coordinate plane the given angle measure. The center of rotation is the origin.

- \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}270^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*}

Find the measure of \begin{align*}x\end{align*} in the rotations below. The blue figure is the preimage.

Find the angle of rotation for the graphs below. The center of rotation is the origin and the blue figure is the preimage. Your answer will be \begin{align*}90^\circ, 270^\circ\end{align*}, or \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}.

### Answers for Explore More Problems

To view the Explore More answers, open this PDF file and look for section 12.4.